Due to the unfortunate events over the past year, many Officers have been given the opportunity, through the PTC's introduction of our Remote, Virtual Physiotherapy service, to receive class leading support, that, without this innovation, simply would not have been available.
Here, Louise James outlines the challenges that she has had to face over the past year and how without the support offered by the Remote, Virtual Physiotherapy service developed during lockdown by the PTC, she would not be so far down her road to recovery.
"My name is Louise, I am 32 years old and I serve as a response Police officer in the Northamptonshire Police Force.
In 2019 I was out for a run when I suffered a severe seizure. I was rushed to hospital and was given an MRI scan immediately. This revealed that I had a large tumour on my left frontal lobe. This was a massive shock as apart from that one seizure I had no other warning signs at all. I was healthy, the fittest I had ever been and loving my life. The next step was to have a biopsy, followed by 28 days of intense radiotherapy. I was placed on steroids to stop the swelling to my brain but this had the side effect of causing the onset of Cushings Syndrome. This all forced me to stop driving, working (placed on sick leave) and going out.
I received treatment through The Police Treatment Centre virtually due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This really helped me mentally and physically. I could hardly move because of the Cushings Syndrome so I was given an exercise plan to aid my mobility, this was brilliant as it was made easy to follow. I was given advise on what to eat because of the weight gain that had occurred following my treatment. I also benefited hugely from the mental support that I received from the team at the PTC. I had completely lost my confidence, my freedom, my hair, I was like a balloon, I couldn't work and then at the end of last year, my partner left me. I felt so supported by Clare, she was so lovely to me. I am now on the road to recovery and I look forward to coming to a Centre when I can. I would be happy to help with any fundraising for the Centres and would recommend the PTC to anyone".